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StoryCorps: Jim Santella and Mary Lou Wiltberger

Jim Santella

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – WBFO concludes its year-long series of stories that were recorded in the summer of 2008 when the StoryCorps booth visited Buffalo. We end with one of our own, the legendary Jim Santella. Jim was a pioneer progressive radio host in the early 1970s and is now a member of the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame. His career has come full circle. Jim began as a student broadcaster on WBFO in the 1960s. And now he's been back for more than a decade as the host of the Blues.

Jim came to StoryCorps with his wife Mary Lou Wiltberger where he talked about landing his first job in commercial radio.

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While our StoryCorps series comes to an end with this broadcast, the national presentation of StoryCorps continues on Fridays on Morning Edition. And the local stories we featured will live on at our website.

We thank WBFO General Manager Carole Smith Petro and Community Relations Associate Kelli Bocock-Natale for coordinating the visit of StoryCorps to Buffalo and to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library for serving as host of the special recording booth. But most of all, we thank you, our listeners, who came to StoryCorps to share your family histories.